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Courage Defines a Person: Courage Reflects Who Each Character Will Be
Harper Lee proves what she believes courage to be in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Many characters show they have courage in the novel such as Jem, Atticus, and Tom Robinson. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the 1930s where uncourageous white people, such as Mayella and Bob Ewell, take advantage of their superiority over the black people. When someone mistakenly thought that they were courageous in the novel, their misery increased. Courageous people are brave enough to put others before themselves and only fear what will happen if they do not. In To Kill a Mockingbird courage is defined as a person who shows respect to their peers and stands up for themselves without harming others, not an arrogant person who brings other people down to feel good about themselves.
An uncourageous man in the novel is Bob Ewell. Throughout the novel, Bob tried to gain attention with the Tom Robinson case. After the case ended furiousness took Bob over, as the town’s people forgot and looked down on him. During the case Bob was treated better than Tom, because Tom was a black man, the lowest in the class system during the 1930s. In the end of the novel, Bob was stabbed and died and
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most likely remembered only for indirectly killing an innocent black man the moment he claimed Tom Robinson raped Mayela. Bob Ewell, a haughty man, used the pain he brought to Tom to feel secure.
Harper Lee’s character Tom Robinson is an example of a courageous man. Even though Tom was on the bottom of the class system, he had the bravery to say, “…I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em,” (264) during the court case. Under any circumstances because of the time period, Mayella Ewell would always be higher up on the class system then Tom, because she was a white woman. This caused Tom to...
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